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Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Comedy | 2 May 1997 (USA)
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A 1960s secret agent is brought out of cryofreeze to oppose his greatest enemy in the 1990s, where his social attitudes are glaringly out of place.

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Jay Roach

Writer:

Mike Myers
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Myers ... Austin Powers / Dr. Evil
Elizabeth Hurley ... Vanessa Kensington
Michael York ... Basil Exposition
Mimi Rogers ... Mrs. Kensington
Robert Wagner ... Number Two
Seth Green ... Scott Evil
Fabiana Udenio ... Alotta Fagina
Mindy Sterling ... Frau Farbissina
Paul Dillon ... Patty O'Brien
Charles Napier ... Commander Gilmour
Will Ferrell ... Mustafa
Joann Richter Joann Richter ... 60s Model
Anastasia Sakelaris Anastasia Sakelaris ... 60s Model (as Anastasia Nicole Sakelaris)
Afifi Alaouie Afifi Alaouie ... 60s Model
Monet Mazur ... Mod Girl
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Storyline

Austin Powers is a 60's spy who is cryonically frozen and released in the 1990's. The world is a very different place for Powers. Unfortunately for Austin, everyone is no longer sex-mad. Although he may be in a different decade, his mission is still the same. He has teamed up with Vanessa Kensington to stop the evil Dr. Evil, who was also frozen in the past. Dr. Evil stole a nuclear weapon and is demanding a payment of (when he realises its the 90's) 100 billion dollars. Can Austin Powers stop this madman? or will he caught up with Evil's henchman, with names like Alotta Fagina and Random Task? Only time will tell! Written by simon

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Frozen in the 60's... thawing spring '97, baby! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for nudity, sex-related dialogue and humor | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Austin Powers See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,548,111, 4 May 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$53,883,989

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$67,683,989
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to the DVD commentary, the real name of the sphinx cat used for the 1990s "Mr. Bigglesworth" was Ted Nude-gent (a reference to rock guitarist Ted Nugent). See more »

Goofs

When Austin (who is supposedly British) pretends to Vanessa that he's "taking the elevator", he uses the American term for it as is, rather than the British term "lift". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Evil: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to my underground lair. I have gathered here before me the world's deadliest assassins, and yet each of you has failed to kill Austin Powers. That makes me angry. And when Dr. Evil gets angry, Mr. Bigglesworth gets upset. And when Mr. Bigglesworth gets upset... people DIE!
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Crazy Credits

The final credits include scenes of a photo shoot with Austin Powers, as well as a music video of the song 'BBC' by Ming Tea. See more »

Alternate Versions

The TBS broadcast contains some notable differences from the theatrical release:
  • The scene where Austin retrieves his Swedish-Made Penis Enlarger after being unfrozen appears to be an alternate take. The attendant says "Swedish Made Enlarger" instead, and he has not been overdubbed.
  • In the Group Therapy scene, after Dr. Evil talks about having his testicles shaved, he goes on to talk about wanting to be an actor - dialogue not in the original release.
  • An alternate take of a scene in Dr. Evil's lair. In the theatrical version, Scott describes his planned evening as "a titty movie on Skinemax." On TBS, he says "a porno movie on cable." Later, Dr. Evil asks Scott if he wants to see what Daddy does for a living. Scott's response is "Blow me," which he follows up with "Show me" when Dr. Evil asks him to repeat that. In the TBS version, Scott says "Bite me," which he follows up with "Might be fun."
  • The line "I never forget a pussy ... cat" has been redubbed "I never forget a kitty ... cat", which ruins the joke.
  • Two versions of the "lifeboat" alternate ending were broadcast on TBS. In one, Basil arrives hanging from a helicopter. He gives Vanessa her full accreditation as a field agent, and gives Austin the card of a dental specialist. In the second ending, after Austin and Vanessa kiss we are treated to a roll-call of the major characters and what happened to them, as the "Great Escape March" plays in the background.
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Connections

Referenced in A Wonderful Country: Episode #11.1 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

I Touch Myself
Written by Billy Steinberg, Tom Kelly, Christina Amphlett, and Mark McEntee
Performed by Divinyls
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
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Dirty, funny spoof if you're in the mood
3 July 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

In the 1960's Austin Powers is one of the UK's best secret agents. He works as an international playboy who also fights international terrorists. However when Dr Evil tries fails to kill him, Dr Evil escapes into space where he is frozen until a time when he can return. Austin Powers also freezes himself to be defrosted later. In the late 90's Dr Evil returns to wreck havoc on the world and only a defrosted Powers can stop him – if he can adapt to the new world order. Mike Myers is very much an acquired taste but he did seem to hit it big with this series of films. The original film set the tone with not very basic jokes but certainly plenty of crude ones. The main film is split between a fish out of water film, with Austin trying to come to terms with the 90's, and also a James Bond spoof with Dr Evil as a more frustrated Bond baddie (complete with cat and bald head). The fish out of water stuff works well as Austin is a funny swinger and the 60's stuff is cool, however the best bits for me all relate to Dr Evil – whether it be his relationship with his son or the asides where the see the consequences of the death of his henchmen. The spoof on Bond movies gets the best laughs from me. Myers is good in both roles and clearly has fun with both. Hurley is OK but a bit wooden as Vanessa while Robert Wagner is good as number one. Michael York (whoooooo?) is good as control and there are some good cameos – Rob Lowe is funny but I still don't understand why the whole Christian Slater bit was put in the final cut?! Overall it may be rude and slightly crude in places but there's still plenty to enjoy. It's 90 minutes long but it's very funny and rushes by. You may not remember much of the plot but at least you go away chuckling.


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